May 24, 2012

Myanmar sees 1,500 tourists per day

About 1,500 tourists arrived in Myanmar by air per day this year, up from 600 to 700 during last year, local media reported Tuesday.

Tourists mainly came through Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Nyaung Oo international airports, said the Weekly Eleven News.

In 2001, there were 364,743 tourist arrivals at Yangon international airport while 26,433 at Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Nyaung Oo international airports.

Meanwhile, tourist arrivals in Myanmar are expected to reach 1. 5 million in 2012.

According to statistics of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the number of tourist arrivals amounted to over 800,000 in 2011, up more than 24,000 or 3 percent from over 790,000 in the same period of 2010.

The figures for the first two months of 2012 represented 98,486 who came mainly from North America, West Europe, East Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, according to the Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board.

The figures also show that up to February 2012, there was a total of 739 hotels in Myanmar including 22 foreign invested hotels, 4 joint-venture hotels, 6 government hotels and 707 private-owned ones.

Myanmar earned 319 million U.S. dollars in 2011 from hotel and tourism sector, up 26 percent from 254 million dollars in 2010.

Source: Xinhua